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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,014 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe fuel system problems

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 032014


  • 235,641 miles


1. while driving on the interstate at approx. 55-65 mps, my 2004 Chevy Tahoe shut down almost causing an accident. This has happen to me several time until I found out the mileage, fuel and the hole system wasn't tell the correct reading. 2. also the air stops blowing on the passing side when the as is on. When the ac is off it still blows heat only on the passenger side. 3. when your driving the vehicle and stops at a red light then get back on the gas to pull off it acts like it don't want to pull until I get off the gas then get back on it like the transmission is slipping. So I had the strainer, filter and gasket change on the transmission and it still does it. 4. when I get ready to park the truck does put-put sound like it wants to shut off then it picks back up.

- St Francisville, LA, USA

problem #7

Sep 012014


  • 78,500 miles
Smelled gas coming from the rear passenger side of the car (on exterior) and was informed that the metal ring molded into the plastic tank where the sending unit mounts to the tank had rusted out and gas was accumulating in the "bowl" that the connection is in. Rusting is a result of water accumulating in the "bowl" where the unit mounts and not being able to drain out. Did some online research and found that a number of Tahoe owners have had the same issue. Was also informed that Chevrolet determined this was an issue and changed the design of the tank in future models to remove the metal ring that the sending unit mounted to. Cost to repair at Chevrolet and independent garage $2,000 or more.

- Westwood , NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 212014


  • 117,000 miles
Vehicle registered "reduced engine power" while I was on the highway, I was able to get to the shoulder, online research showed numerous incidents involving the throttle body sensor and the wires crimping, there was something about the wiring harness being covered by GM but it does not appear on a recall list.

- Lafayette Hill, PA, USA

problem #5

May 172007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 38,970 miles


The entire instrument cluster failed including the speedometer and fuel gauge.

- Rex, GA, USA

problem #4

May 232014


  • 165,000 miles
Top of the fuel pump and those related fuel lines failed leading to a significant fuel leak, and really expensive repair. This truck is ten years old, fuel system parts shouldn't be rusting out like this. No other vehicle I've ever owned, no matter how old, has had an issue like this. Life safety and fire risk!

- St Joseph, MI, USA

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problem #3

Aug 052011

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving on E-470 westbound near quebec when the car shutdown completely. No power. The car then would not start and had to be towed to the dealer to have a computer check. They told me it was the fuel pump, after a week, when I was having it towed to my mechanic for the repair, I decided to try to start it and it started right up. I drove it to my mechanic who checked the fuel pump and said it was fine. They could not find a reason why this happened. Same with another mechanic. Since then (I had owned the car for 5 months at that point) this has happened four more times, the latest on May 9th. Again it's been towed and again I am trying to find a permanent solution. I am now finding out the passlock anti-theft system malfunctions and cuts off fuel to the pump because the car thinks it is being stolen. I have also learned it has been a common problem in many GMC models over many years. Sometimes the passlock system can be reset (though that has never worked for me). The only way to permanently fix the problem is to disable the passlock anti-theft system. These systems should be removed from these cars. I would rather my car be stolen then shut down at 65 mph or when my wife is driving home from downtown denver at 10:30 at night through not so great parts of town.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 092006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
My wife and I bought the vehicle new. It was always kept in a garage and driven very little. As of today it only has 30,000 miles on it. To begin with, on or near March 2007 after exiting the vehicle I noticed a strong smell of gasoline. I looked under the car and I saw a fairly heavy dripping of gas from the top of the gas tank. I drove it to a mechanic that I have been using for many years. He told me that he had a hard time finding where the gas was coming from but with a mirror, he was able to see that it was coming from the fuel pump or what he called the fuel sending unit. He said it appearred to be coming from the pump in thr top of the tank and that it was badly rusted and needed to be replaced. I called the dealer from who we had bought the Tahoe and asked if there were any recalls to this. They said no. I should also tell you that the mechanic told me that he had replaced many of this same tanks. He said it was built in such a way as to be shaped like a bowl and that the water just laid in it. It cost me $750 to get a new fuel sending unit put in. About 4 years later, the exact same thing happened. The entire top of the pump was rusted out and again gas leaked out. Enough gas leaked out to almost cover my entire garage floor. This really kind of scared me. Even just any kink of a small spark and not only me but my hole house with five other people not might of got hurt, with this much gas we would have been dead.. again I checked for recalls of which there were none and ended having again a new fuel pump installed. The only difference being that he.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 162006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that he noticed fluid leaking from the fuel pump. The failure was noticed on two separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was advised to the contact that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired twice for the same failure. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

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